changing the world through teeth

Scholarship Entrant: Michaela from Glastonbury, Connecticut
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could make a living doing what I love, I would choose what I ultimately plan to do anyway which is become a dentist and educate people on the importance of oral health. According to the national institute of dental and craniofacial research, about 30,000 Americans get diagnosed each year with oral cancer. If more people were aware of how to prevent this, that number would dramatically decrease. Also according to the national institute of dental and craniofacial research, the average American between the age of 20 and 65 only has 24 teeth remaining of the 32 that we develop. That number only decreases when you look into education and income. Not to mention the impact that oral health has on nutrition. These are just a few of the reason I want to continue my education through college and dental school and help change the way people care for their teeth. I have seen first-hand people with oral issues and it amazes me how they could’ve avoided it in the first place and just weren’t educated on it. I think by expanding my knowledge on how to prevent diseases caused by lack of oral care I can then reteach that to others and make a big impact.
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